Catherine J. Pier BSc, FRSA was born in Cheltenham in 1956. In 1977 she graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Biological Sciences. Having sketched and painted from a very early age, the arrival of her first son (1981) encouraged her to teach herself to paint in watercolour. Her paintings were immediately popular. Her first one-man exhibition was a sell out and she was approached by galleries to supply them.
She is now a well-known Wiltshire Artist and in 1995 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also a member of the Guild of Wiltshire Artists and has been Chairperson of Purton Artists for many years. Catherine now paints in Pastel, Watercolour and most recently, Acrylic, however Pastel is her preferred medium.
Catherine loves the spontaneity that pastels give. She uses grey Hermes sandpaper and extremely soft pastels, this combination eliminates 'over-blending' (with rag or finger) and results in her paintings having a lively, refractive, textural quality rarely seen.
The Cotswolds and the Wiltshire countryside with their rolling hills, gentle valleys, stone villages and dreamy rivers, inspire her. She has a natural talent for conveying her love of nature in exquisite pastel paintings, taking the viewer into the countryside and leaving them with that wonderful feeling you get from such a calm idyllic setting.
The superior quality of her paintings makes them highly collectable and sought after, both as original paintings and Limited Edition Prints